Judicial:

Kathy A. Schonscheck, Plaintiff, v. Deere & Co., Defendant., No. 10-20647-GMH, 2018 WL 5099745 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. Oct. 18, 2018); In 2009, defendant Deere & Company sued plaintiff in state court alleging that she had defaulted on payments due under two purchase-money obligations for farm equipment. Deere sought replevin of its collateral. In 2010, while that action was pending, Plaintiff and her husband filed a petition in this court, commencing a case under chapter 12. Soon thereafter, but before Deere or the state court learned about the Plaintiffs’ chapter 12 case, the state court entered a default judgment against Plaintiff in favor of Deere. In 2017, after this court had dismissed the Plaintiffs’ 2010 bankruptcy case (and two more-recent chapter 12 cases), a state court issued a writ of replevin at Deere’s request based on the 2010 default judgment. Deere then took possession of the farm equipment securing Plaintiff’s debts to it.
Regulatory:
Final Rule: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; This final rule will adjust the number of members on the United Soybean Board (Board) to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2015. As required by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act), membership on the Board is reviewed every 3 years and adjustments are made accordingly. This change will result in an increase in Board membership for five States, increasing the total number of Board members from 73 to 78. These changes will be reflected in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order) and would be effective for the 2019 appointment process. Info HERE
Proposed Rule: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2018-19 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.Info HERE
Withdrawal of notice of intent to prepare environmental impact statement: Forest Service, USDA; The Monongahela National Forest is withdrawing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Big Rock Project. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2014. The environmental analysis for this project is proceeding under an Environmental Assessment. Info HERE
Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement: Forest Service, USDA; The Mid-Swan Landscape Restoration and Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Project (Mid-Swan) area encompasses approximately 246,000 acres within the larger 1.3 million acre Southwestern Crown of the Continent landscape. This project is part of a long-term effort between the USDA Forest Service and the Southwestern Crown Collaborative to restore the resilience and function of the ecosystem within this landscape. The Mid-Swan project is proposing treatments on approximately 70,000 acres to improve aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity by removing vegetation, planting drought tolerant species found there historically, and reducing fuel buildup in the wildland urban interface (WUI) Info HERE